Sponsoring An Overseas Relative for Australia Offshore Carer Visa (Subclass 116) To Care For An Australia Citizen Or Permanent Resident
If you or a member of your family has a medical condition, you or your cohabiting partner (spouse or de facto partner) may be able to sponsor your overseas relative for an Australia Offshore Carer Visa (Subclass 116) to take care of the person requiring care and assistance (click here to learn about onshore Carer 836 visa).
To be able to sponsor your relative for Australia Offshore Carer visa (Subclass 116) (Class BO), you (or the sponsor) must be over 18 and have been living in Australia as an Australia citizen or permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen for at least 2 years (“settled”).
The person needing care and assistance does not need to be the sponsor, it can be the sponsor’s relative who is the partner or child or parent or sibling or grandparent or grandchild or aunt or uncle or step equivalent.
However, the person requiring care and assistance must have a medical condition, with an impairment rating of at least 30, that will continue for at least 2 years.
The medical condition must be causing physical, intellectual or sensory impairment to the person needing care and assistance.
Help with daily living needs
Care and assistance mean the person is unable to attend to his or her practical aspects of his or her daily life. In another word, the person is unable to attend to his or her daily living needs because of the medical condition.
Daily living needs are activities like, bathing, toileting, food preparation, shopping for grocery and household essentials, and basic housekeeping.
The assistance provided by the carer can be direct assistance to the sponsor needing care and assistance. It can also be assistance provided to the sponsor’s family member with the medical condition.
Can someone in Australia provide the care and assistance?
In order to be granted an Australia Offshore Carer Visa (Subclass 116), you must satisfy the Department of Immigration (Department of Home Affairs) that the majority of the care and assistance needed cannot be reasonably provided by your family and from external sources (such local Council and welfare providers).
In addition, the person who is applying for the Australia Offshore Carer Visa (Subclass 116) must be willing and able to provide the ongoing care and continuing support or assistance. The visa applicant must therefore be willing to provide the care and assistance for as long as the person with the medical condition requires. And must have the capacity and knowledge to provide the care and assistance needed.
Australia Offshore Carer Visa (Subclass 116) is a permanent visa and is valid for 5 years from the date of grant (click here to learn more about RRV 155 visa).
At the time of visa application and visa decision, your relative must not be in Australia. Click here to learn more.
Australian migration law is complex and difficult to understand, contact our immigration lawyer for a consultation (fee applies) to help you decide if you are eligible to sponsor your relative for Australia Offshore Subclass 116 Carer Visa (click here to find out how an immigration lawyer or registered migration agent can help you). You may also refer to our FAQs for answers regarding visa application or visa cancellation by clicking here.
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